Eugenie Bouchard and Leylah Annie Fernandez advance to the third round of 2020 French Open

Eugenie Bouchard (Wikimedia Commons)

There are two Canadian women who have advanced to the third round of the 2020 French Open from Roland Garros. Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal, Quebec was victorious on Wednesday, and Leylah Annie Fernandez of Montreal, Quebec was victorious on Thursday in the second round of the final major of the tennis season.

Bouchard defeated Daria Gavrilova of Australia 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. It was a significant performance for Bouchard, who is reaching the third round of a major for the first time since the 2017 Australian Open. There she defeated Louisa Chirico of the United States 6-0, 6-4 in the first round, and then Shuai Peng of China, 7-6, 6-2 in the second round.

Where Bouchard was effective in round two was in France was with her serve. She had five aces and one double fault. Gavrilova had zero aces and six double faults.

Fernandez meanwhile knocked off Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. The 18 year-old-phenom completely dominated the third set and rebounded extremely well after a sluggish second set.

Bouchard will next play Iga Swiatek of Poland, the 48th ranked player in the world. This will be their first head to head meeting. Fernandez meanwhile will have a much more difficult opponent in the 7th seed, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. Kvitova is a two-time grand slam champion having won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014. Interestingly Kvitova beat Bouchard in the 2014 Wimbledon final 6-3, 6-0. Kvitova and Fernandez have never played against each other before.

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